Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Some fresh ideas for teaching legal writing

A recent article suggests some fresh ideas for teaching legal writing. Mark Osbeck of the University of'mosbeck' Michigan Law School believes legal writing professors focus too much on usage and formulas like IRAC. Good legal writing, Osbeck says, is clear, concise, and engaging, and great legal writing has a separate quality--elegance. Students become proficient at these qualities, he says, by “reading the works of good writers and by practicing their own writing”—not “by memorizing a lot of picayune rules.”    



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